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Our Local Lions’ Den Raises Funds for Worthwhile Projects

The Millbrook and District Lions Club celebrated their 68th Anniversary in January. The local Lions Club was formed in 1948 thanks to the organization and commitment of forty-two men from the township. They were sponsored by the Peterborough Lions Club. Today the Club is among the Lions’ Club International network that has a presence in over 200 countries.


The Lion’s Community Centre, Millbrook


The Club’s first action was to raise money from draws to purchase glasses for a young girl and to help a needy family in the village. The theme of preventing blindness and assisting the visually impaired has become a focus for Lions Clubs throughout the world as a result of a challenge from Helen Kellar in 1925 to be her “Knights of the Blind in the fight against darkness.”

Locally, the Lions support the vision and hearing screening program as a free service for children in JK and SK.

The screening identifies children at risk of potential vision loss that is preventable. Parents are notified to follow up with their family physician for a more complete screening.

Screening provides initial information on:

  • how well the child can see with each eye,
  • how well he or she can see at a distance,
  • how well both eyes work together (depth perception),
  • potential risk of developing amblyopia (“lazy eye”),
  • vision problems that can delay reading and learning.

A yearly eye exam is covered by OHIP for children under 18; it is highly recommended that visits to an optometrist become part of your child’s health routine.

If you have a child in JK and/or SK at the following schools which this Lions Club serves, please be sure to sign the permission form.

  • Millbrook South Cavan PS,
  • North Cavan PS,
  • James Strath PS,
  • Roger Neilson PS,
  • St Alphonsus CES.

The Club also collects eye glasses from the community that are then recycled for those who do not have access to them. If you have old glasses, please contact the Club to see where you can drop them off.


Support the fundraising efforts of Millbrook and District Lions Club by attending their Sunday Breakfasts on March 27 and April 24rth.

March 2016

Sunday Breakfasts March 27, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM $8 Children 5 and under free County Road 10 and Larmer Line, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
April 2016

Sunday Breakfasts April 24, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM $8 Children 5 and under free County Road 10 and Larmer Line, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Want to volunteer?

The Club meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at the Lions Community Centre 920 (Larmer Line) Cty. Rd. #10 Millbrook On.

Leave a message on the Lions Den answering machine at 705-944-5393 to find out more about joining.

Need a meeting room? You can also Rent the Lion’s Den. Email: LionSteve45@nexicom.net for information.

Follow the Club’s activities on their website at


…Or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MillbrookAndDistrictLionsClub

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Cross-Country Skiing

You don’t have to wait for a special day or event to enjoy the fun and exercise of cross country skiing in the Kawartha Lakes.


The Devil’s Elbow Ski area near Bethany offers 8.5 kilometers of Nordic skiing trails. This is truly winter at its finest. The winding trails will take you through sheltered evergreen and hardwood forests. Or enjoy the glide and scenery along the beautiful trails in some of Ontario’s finest conservation areas including trails through the Somerville Forest Tract, the Ken Reid Conservation Area, the Emily Forest Tract, the Ganaraska Trail and the Fleetwood Creek Conservation area.

Or enjoy the skiing through a network of maintained trails at The Gaming Nature Centre where you can explore various ecosystems and wildlife habitat.

For more information on X-Country Skiing Trails in Kawartha Lakes visit http://www.trailsforhealth.ca

Or  visit the Kawartha Lakes website at



Ice Skating

How about dusting off the ice skates and visiting the local arena. Public skating is available at the Manvers Community Centre in Bethany.


Take the whole family Sundays between 12:30 and 2:00 or Tuesdays between 4:00 and 5:00 pm. Or you have little children, you can go Wednesday mornings between 10:30 and 12 noon for the Parents and Tots Skate.


Need more information? Just call the arena at 705 277-2720. The arena is located at 697 Hwy 7A, Bethany, ON L0A 1A0.

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Mark your calendars! You could be The Next Country Music Star. Live auditions begin March 5, 2016 at The Ranch Resort in Bethany!


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It may just be the end of January but registration is already open for Saddlewood’s 2015 Summer Camp. Saddlewood is located 3KM north of Bethany Ontario.


If you have a daughter between the ages of 6 and 18, and she has attended the Equestrian Camp before, than chances are you know you want to register early.

The exceptional riding program has been operating for over 40 years by Janis and Jim Smith. They opened Saddlewood with eight horses – the horses now number over 120.

Saddlewood is a wonderful story of passion and commitment. It was started from a family hobby in 1968. Janis was looking for something for both her and her horses to do in the summer and as a teacher, she was keen to bring her love of horses to the local children.  They opened with just a few horses and today have grown into a full-scale summer camp with over 120 horses, attracting campers from all over Canada, the United States and other parts of the world.


The sense of family is still strong. Janis and Jim’s daughters, both full time teachers, still come to help out during the summertime. There is a feeling of family throughout the camp. Most of the counselors and senior staff have been campers – and the kitchen staff bakes as good as any mom!

The physical premises include 3 outdoor jumping rings, 3 cross country courses, chalet style residences for the campers, a dining hall and a 4,000 square foot activity center – all on hundreds of acres of beautiful land.

It is rare to find a family run business that has maintained their roots for over 40 years – but Saddlewood Equestrian Camp continues to live up to its history and reputation.



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Part 3 – Councillor Heather Stauble on Bethany

Live, Stay and Play

Along with her focus on the wind turbine issue, I discussed other matters concerning Bethany with Ms. Stauble, as well as her hopes and plans for the area.

*There are plans to continue to improve roads and opportunities for agri-business.  Helping to promote business leads to more jobs for the area and an improved lifestyle for everyone.

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Highway 407 expansion map

*The expansion of Highway 407 in the future will help with the commute to the GTA, as will the GO Train coming into the area, with a stop in nearby Cavan.

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grain elevator in Pontypool, Ontario

*There is talk of the Manvers Historical Society restoring the grain elevator in Pontypool, a welcome sight for everyone.

*Hopes for a Farmers’ Market in Bethany.  Along with locally grown products, the area has such a rich artistic culture (link to studio tour)     that an arts and crafts section of a market would bring in fans and more traffic.

*Continual promotion of local businesses.  There are quite a few local businesses proving exemplary services for the community and those    passing through.  A few examples are Southpond, Me vs We, Heaven on Seven – just to name a few.  All need constant support, promotion and encouragement.

Councillor Stauble would like Bethany to be a place people can come back to.  She wants others to help, encourage and improve the community, to allow others to see the many positive aspects for the community.  Her motto is to live, stay and play in Bethany.

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– second in the three part series on Bethany councilor

“Mrs Stauble has been there for us since the beginning and fights tirelessly.”

When Councillor and former Reeve David Marsh decided to step down from his seat of 25 years in 2010, he left big shoes to fill.  Heather Stauble was eager to fill them.

A focus for Ms. Stauble has been and continues to be her opposition to the proposed wind turbines in the area.  Her ward has been front and centre in the debate about the wind turbines since the issue was raised, with the public under Ms. Stauble’s leadership taking an active part of protesting them in the area.

She states the inefficiency and expense of the turbines as a main detriment, along with the disruption of the tranquility of the area.

Bethany is part of the Oak Ridge Moraine, famous for the scenic, rolling hills and peaceful lifestyle for both those living in the communities and wildlife in the countryside.  The noise and astounding height of the turbines (comparable to a fifty story building) will undoubtedly impact every aspect of the environment of the area, without enough of a positive return for the community.

Based on research, Ms. Stauble doesn’t believe wind turbines have much value; small, personal models can store wind power in their batteries and be used in remote areas but with the turbines getting bigger, wind power produced can’t be stored.  They also require a backup of coal or natural gas when the wind isn’t blowing.

On a positive note, Ms. Stauble feels optimistic about Health Canada’s recent announcement that it will do a study on the noise effect of wind turbines.

“It’s really significant for us,” she says.  “It’s not easy to get Health Canada to do a research study.”

I have plans to try and persuade Councillor Stauble to do a guest post for me in the near future with the hope her extensive knowledge of wind turbines can educate others far more effectively than I could.

Part 3 coming soon

Live, Stay and Play

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Part one of Three part series

I’m detouring from my usual profile on Bethany businesses and day to day activities and delving into the political world of Manvers Township.

Heather StaubleBut rather than debating the pros and cons of the future expansion of Highway 407 and the effect it will have on the community, or exploring the disadvantages of the proposed wind turbines – more on that in the next post – I was able to spend a morning with Heather Stauble, the municipal Councillor who represents Manvers Township in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

After the amalgamation of year 2001, Manvers Township (which Bethany is part of) became The City of Kawartha Lakes.  Before then, longtime resident David Marsh was the Reeve of Bethany, and continued on as Councillor for a time.  But when he stepped down in 2010  Heather Stauble decided to throw her hat in the ring.

Dear God…When can we Move to the Country?

Ms. Stauble grew up in North Toronto, the daughter of Anne Johnston who served in the Toronto Council until 2003.  For 28 years, she was the longest serving and oldest member of the council.  Ms. Johnston was a progressive voice in Toronto, respected for her proactive approach and determined nature to issues.

Growing up in the heart of the Toronto, with a political powerhouse for a mother, Ms. Stauble left the city in 1988 to fulfill her lifelong dream of living in the country. She was nine when she first started writing notes to God about it, wanting to live where she could ride horses every day.  As a teenager, Ms. Stauble used to ride her bike to a farm near Maple, across from where Wonderland is now, in order to ride her horses.  It was quite a distance for the young girl to travel but a perfect example of her dedication and determination to live out her dream.

Her dream was to live in an area where she could walk to work, raise her kids and enjoy, train and ride her horses.  She discovered Bethany.  Her love of horses and the outdoors hasn’t changed and she has been riding and training in the area for the last twenty years.  She is an Equine Canada Certified Coach, and owns and operates The Brass Ring along with her husband.

Along with being heavily involved with the riding community, Ms. Stauble also contributed to productions at the 4th Line Theatre outside of Millbrook.  While still in Toronto, she worked with SCTV and the Financial Post so it’s not surprising she found her path leading to the local theatre.

And it’s not surprising how she became involved with the local school board.  Her children attended the public schools and Ms. Stauble was pleased with the education they provided.  Grandview and Rolling Hills Public School are“…good, strong local schools…” both with International Baccalaureate programs and providing French immersion,

It was Ms. Stauble’s involvement in French immersion advocacy issues that prompted her to consider becoming a councillor, but it was the wind turbine issue that drove home her need to become more involved.

Watch for Part 2 coming soon…

“Mrs Stauble has been there for us since the beginning and fights tirelessly.”

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